We believe academics deserve great tools

24 February 2015
About research conferences

Last month, Anand Sarwate, author of the blog The Ergodic Walk, posted an article on the tools available for academics. He opened it with an unusual question: “Why oh why can’t we have nice web-based software for academic things?” Needless to say, it hit close to home. We couldn’t agree more with Anand when he…

Best Practices on Abstract & Paper Management

5 January 2015
Conference Planning

Over the past couple of years, we’ve learnt a lot from the conferences we’ve supported. We wanted to share this knowledge with you, so we’ve developed an infographic containing some interesting statistics. We’ve also added some of the best tips from our mentors. Please feel free to share!

Promoting Participation Among Peers: Part II

14 November 2014
Conference Day

Recently, we interviewed Adrian Segar, author of Conferences That Work, about participant driven conferences. In the first part of this interview, Adrian gave us insight into where the idea for the book came from and his thoughts on the effects of technology on participant driven events. In part 2, we get advice on how these…

Promoting Participation Among Peers: Part I

10 November 2014
Conference Day

The unconference (or participant-driven conference) is a conference format that promotes peer-to-peer learning and collaboration. All delegates are invited to participate. This can be difficult in academic conferencing where the traditional approach is mostly used. Adrian Segar, the author of Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love, has kindly given his time to talk about participant-driven…

Surviving your First Academic Conference

21 October 2014

Attending your first conference as a PhD student can be daunting for anyone. Dr. Inger Mewburn, Director of research training at the Australian National University and editor of The Thesis Whisperer, a blog newspaper dedicated to the topic of doing your thesis, has kindly shared some advice on how to approach your first research conference. The Thesis…

Evaluating the Peer Review Process

7 October 2014
Peer reviewing

The peer review process plays an essential role in almost every academic conference. We’ve spoken about the peer review process on numerous occasions on our blog, but we wanted to get the opinion of someone who reviews abstracts on a regular basis. Scott Eacott has kindly given us insight on his thought about peer review….

Using Technology to Create an Event Experience

16 September 2014
Conference Day

Research conferences are not just about the presentations given, they’re about the whole event experience. Technology can play an integral part in heightening this experience. We recently spoke to J. Damany Daniel, the Chief Imaginator at The Event Nerd, who is a self confessed technology nerd. In 2012, the Special Events Magazine recognised his prowess in…

Is Peer Review Productive?

3 September 2014
About research conferences

Peer review is the evaluation of an abstract or paper by work by other people with a competence on the topic in the same field of research. It is usually either single-blind reviewed, double-blind reviewed or open reviewed. Every reviewer commits to provide timely and detailed feedback for authors. The main goal of peer reviewing is to increase the…

Are Research Conferences Embracing Technology?

26 August 2014
Conference Planning

When it comes to academic conferences, the general consensus is they are more reluctant to change compared to the general events industry. Some practices have been in place for decades. While technology is not necessarily a new phenomenon, the conference industry has not been known for embracing a lot of change. The question is, is…

Reducing the Workload on Authors during Abstract Submission

12 August 2014
Collecting Submissions

Authors have spent endless hours solving problems, writing and rewriting their papers. The next step is getting their content reviewed in a conference setting. After all the arduous hours it took to put their paper together, the last thing they need is a long process of abstract submission or a mediocre reviewing standard. After the…